A party’s right to recover attorney’s fees incurred over the course of litigation hinges directly on whether one is deemed by the court to be the “prevailing party” at the conclusion of the case.
Florida courts have consistently held that a settlement agreement resulting from a mediation will not be enforced without the signatures of both the attorney and the client. The fact that an attorney may have signed on behalf of his client or in the presence of his client is not sufficient to overcome the legal requirement that such an agreement also have the client’s signature.
A contractor can not be compelled to arbitrate a dispute with his supplier if the only place arbitration is mentioned is within the terms and conditions of the supplier’s website. While it is often standard practice for suppliers to have their terms of sale printed on their invoices, one Florida supplier simply relied on the fact that this information was on its website. Bad idea.